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Viva Santana – Honoring an Artist Who Left An Imprint On His Community



This week’s interview is with Mary Anne Carson, of Santa Cruz County Bank ‘s Arts Collaborative outreach program talking about artist Manuel Santana or Manny as he was most commonly known. Manny passed away at the age of 81 in July of 2008 leaving behind a legacy of community activistism, both through his art and his many contributions to the culture of the Central Coast. Mary Anne along with Manny’s daughter Angelina have put together a county wide retrospective of his work entitled ‘Viva Santana’. ‘Viva Santana’ opened last week in the banks 5 branches and will host the opening reception on June 4th from 5:30 – 7.

D3 5731 New York 2000 24Wx36H Acrylic on Masonite copy

In 2008 shortly after Manny passed away Mary Anne opened the county wide ‘All Santana’ show. 5 years later with the help of Angelina Santana ‘Viva Santana’ includes many works never seen before.


Viva Santana came about when Mary Anne and Angelina discussed the idea of showing a range of Manny’s that spanned from his college years to his latest works in 2008

For more information about ‘Viva Santana’ go to